Friday, 29 February 2008

The McClune House (1969), Frankston South, is Available for Long-Term Rental

Another Boyd home is available for long-term rental. This house is owned by Peter Mitrakas (the owner of the Baker House) and has recently been sympathetically restored. Like the Baker House, the McClune House is a courtyard house and is, essentially, a number of connected volumes sheltered beneath a suspended roof. On page 105 of Living in Australia Boyd wrote:

"The McClune House, 1969, near Frankston… has a big parasol roof of steel and fibreglass sheeting in the shape of a square doughnut, supported on steel-braced timber posts independent of the structure of the rooms. These follow a comparatively free plan beneath a raised roof, avoiding the central open square where a garden court receives the rain. The rooms are conventionally framed as flat-roofed boxes lined externally and internally with off-saw pressure-treated pine boards, stained grey".

I have not seen the house since the restoration but Peter stressed to me that the new works were very sympathetic to the original design and that all of the original features were kept. No current photos are available of the house: the attached photos were taken prior to the restoration, and include the former owner’s furniture.

Serious enquiries only please!

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